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The 2019 Youth Development Symposium will be held December 9-11, 2019.

Click here for a detailed schedule and workshop information. 

Pre-Conference Sessions:

The 2019 Youth Development Symposium will feature three pre-conference sessions. All sessions run concurrently and require an additional registration fee of $150. 

*Influencing Program Engagement through Motivational Interviewing Principles
Presenter: Curtis Campogni, Eckerd Connects

As recruitment and engagement of eligible out of school youth becomes more complex, strategies to engage the re-entry population must be examined to gain positive outcomes. The workshop will provide best practices around youth engagement and follow-up.

*Becoming a 21st Century Leader
Josh Davies, The Center for Work Ethic Development

The modern workplace is constantly evolving and changing, with some jobs going away and others being created. We need to be developing the revolutionaries of the future! There will still be leadership roles, but they will require a different set of skills and abilities.

*Knock, Knock! You're Fired! Stay Employed with Master Level Soft Skills
Presenter: Gena Leisten, Dynamic Works Institute

Sure, we can help get youth a job, but can THEY successfully keep it? Start with the end in mind, by exploring the 5 most identified reasons people are fired. Discover what these reasons are and how we can help young people master these skills before they enter the world of work; eliminating that dreadful knock on the door. 


To register as an attendee you can simply use the register link above. To receive the members only discount you MUST be logged in to your account. If you are registering more than one attendee or you are registering for someone else please call 877-202-2472 or email To receive the early bird discount (for members and non-members) you must complete your registration and pay by October 18, 2019. 

NEW Youth AWards:

Starting at the 2019 Youth Symposium NAWDP will be recognizing an outstanding Youth Employer, Youth Program, and Youth Workforce Professionals! Award winners will receive a complimentary registration to the Youth Symposium. Nominations are due November 1st.

Click here for award details and nomination instructions. 

Attendee Pricing:

Early Bird Members - $525.00
Early Bird Non-Members - $675.00
Members (after 10/18/19) - $625.00
Non-Members (after 10/18/19) - $775.00

If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at the 2019 Youth Development Symposium please call 877-202-2472 or email

Hotel Information:

Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611

We have a block of room reserved at the Sheraton Grand Chicago at an event rate of $169.00/night. Reservations must be made by December 1, 2019. **Please note that the event hotel fills quickly so make your reservation as soon as possible.

Hotel Reservation Link


The attire for the conference is business casual.